A Man for All Times
On the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963), Battle-Baptiste says that interest in the great intellectual and activist is skyrocketing among young scholars. Of course, they look to Du Bois for the insight on racial equality and inclusion for which he is best known, but are particularly drawn to his writing on employment inequality, health care, and environmental injustice—the timeliest of topics.
Meet Audie Cornish ’01
Black Heritage Month
Student-Run Businesses Thrive
The businesses, seven in all, run as cooperatives managed by their student members. Each strives to meet a campus need. Overall, they employ 115 students and generate nearly $700,000 in annual revenues. Sylvan Snack Bar, the oldest business, has been feeding hungry customers on the outskirts of campus since the '70s. Sweets and More, in Field Residential Hall, provides late-night milkshakes and bagels. Greeno Sub Shop, in Greenough Residential Hall, serves tasty subs and offers live musical performances.
UMass Poet Honored
The current pianist, senior computer science major Nikolai Narma, was happy to find a public piano outside the University Store. “It’s my third time playing this. If I see a piano I have to play it,” says Narma.
Courtney Dewey, a senior sociology major, is another regular public piano player. “I play in the Student Union or Campus Center every day—usually a few times a day. I play in between classes and after doing homework as a reward,” says Dewey.